Higher Education


SWDT Higher Education students graduated at Durham Cathedral in summer 2019. Watch the video to find out more:



HNC and HND courses:

Students can choose from a range of HNC (Higher National Certificate) and HND (Higher National Diploma) engineering qualifications at SWDT. These Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications are equal to the first and second years of university respectively. After studying for a HND, students can 'top-up' their qualification for a third year at a range of local and national universities to be awarded a full degree. The four courses we offer at HNC/HND level are:


Electrical and Electronics Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering General Engineering (Mechatronics)
The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of electrical and electronic systems and principles. Practical work will be carried out in our electrical training facilities, electronics lab and engineering workshops. These sessions provide the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment and develop skills including: PLC programming, electrical/electronic circuit building and electrical measurement and testing. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing processes, systems and principles used in engineering environments. Practical work will be carried out in mechanical labs and engineering workshops. These sessions provide opportunities to work on industrial standard equipment and to develop skills including: materials testing, advanced manufacturing technology, and lean manufacturing techniques. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mechanical engineering systems and principles. Practical work will be carried out in fully equipped mechanical labs and engineering workshops. These sessions provide opportunities to work on industrial standard equipment and to learn engineering skills including: materials testing, CADCAM, advanced CAD techniques and manufacturing processes. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mechatronic systems and principles. Practical work will be carried out in automation training facilities, electronics labs and engineering workshops. These sessions provide opportunities to work on industrial standard equipment and to learn engineering skills including: automation control, PLC programming, mechanical maintenance, fluid power and electrical measurement and testing.
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This course provides opportunities for employment in electrical and electronics engineering industries including:

● electrical engineer
● electrical maintenance technician
● electrical design engineer
● electronics engineer
This course provides opportunities for employment in manufacturing engineering industries including:

● manufacturing engineering operatives
● planner/scheduler
● materials and logistics
● production engineer
This course provides opportunities for employment in mechanical engineering industries including:

 ● mechanical engineering operative
● mechanical maintenance technician
● mechanical engineer
This course provides opportunities for employment in mechatronics and automation engineering industries including:

● engineering operative
● multi-skilled maintenance technician
● automation engineer